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BCM Celebrates 90 Years of Legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions

90 Years of Legendary 1927 Bristol SessionsThe Birthplace of Country Music Celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. This summer the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) celebrates the 90th anniversary of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings with an exciting series of panels, performances, premieres, and promotions showcasing the deep impact of the Sessions. Kicking off on July 15 with a symposium featuring Ralph Peer II, Barry Mazor, and the producers of the PBS documentary American Epic, the celebration continues through the award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival September 15-17, 2017.

Ralph Peer Display Debuts at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Ralph PeerBristol, TN/VA -- It all started with Ralph Peer, the ambitious record producer who recorded the 1927 Bristol Sessions and helped make The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers into household names. On March 30, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will open a special display on the legacy of Ralph Peer using artifacts loaned by the Peer Family Archives. The display will give visitors a glimpse into Peer's influence beyond the Bristol Sessions and country music.

Ballet Meets the Bristol Sessions and Beyond

Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in MotionBristol, VA/TN -- Back by popular demand! Bristol Ballet presents Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion on March 13 at the Paramount Center for the Arts at 3:00pm. And, for the first time, Bristol Ballet will perform at Heritage Hall in Mountain City, TN on March 19 at 7:00pm. Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion challenges the imagination through the lyrical poetry of our region’s music and the ethereal beauty of classical dance. The imaginative combination of ballet with the music of our region, including several Bristol Sessions recordings, honors Bristol’s music legacy with innovation and originality by marrying two forms of creative expression in an unexpected way.

Documentary Now Filming to Recreate Historic Bristol Sessions

Bristol SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- Sundance Award-winning director Chusy Haney-Jardine and a crew from Plan A films, based in Asheville, North Carolina, are in Bristol filming local artists and actors participating in a documentary film celebrating the 1927 Bristol Sessions and the “Big Bang of Country Music.”

Bristol Sessions Film Project Seeks Local Talent

 The 1927 Bristol Sessions RevisitedBristol, TN/VA -- Nearly 90 years after Ralph Peer ran a newspaper advertisement seeking regional musicians to sing for Victor Company’s new recording machine, the States of Tennessee and Virginia are putting out a call for artists and actors to participate in a new film celebrating the Bristol Sessions and the “Big Bang of Country Music.”

BCM to participate in Lincoln Center’s “Reflections on the Bristol Sessions”

Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music®, home to Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and the upcoming Birthplace of Country Music®Museum, collaborate with New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center during its “Bill Frisell: Reflections on the Bristol Sessions” shows this weekend, Jan. 17 and 18, 2014. As part of the New York Guitar Festival, musicians Buddy Miller and Carrie Rodriguez will join Frisell in the Lincoln Center’s Allen Room to celebrate the 1927 Bristol Sessions. BCM will present a custom media exhibit for the two-day event. For Dr. Jessica Turner, director and head curator of the museum, sharing Bristol’s music history is an honor.

Historic Johnson City Sessions Due in Early October

The Johnson City SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- Last April, Cybergrass reported on the Johnson City Sessions project. The project is a young sibling of sorts to the Birthplace of Country Music's The Bristol Sessions. The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) and East Tennessee State University (ETSU) are working together for the Johnson City Sessions Weekend to be held October 18-20. Bear Family Records is presenting Johnson City Sessions: Can You Sing Or Play Old-Time Music? due that October weekend.

Johnson City Sessions Artwork, Marker Unveiled

The Johnson City SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- On Friday, April 5, Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee was abuzz with sounds and sights of the past. Local residents, media and organizations gathered to celebrate the Birthplace of Country Music®’s musical sibling: the 1928 Johnson City Sessions. BCM President John Rainero spoke to the Sessions' impact--one still being felt as partnerships are formed today.

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